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Georgia 2008 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Fulton County, GA
Project Name:The Fulton County March Project
Project Director:Vickie Scott
Number of Teachers Served:50
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:81,100
Grade Levels:Grades 9-12
Partners:Georgia State University, Carter Museum and Library, Atlanta History Center
Topics:Year 1: Freedom; Year 2: Equality; Year 3: Justice
Methods:Field studies, workshops, book study circles

Fulton County School District serves students in Fulton County, Georgia (near Atlanta). More than 80,000 students attend classes in 52 elementary schools, 18 middle schools, and 12 high schools. District leaders surveyed a sample of district American history teachers, and the results revealed that 40% neither majored nor minored in history in college. A third took three or fewer history classes during their college career. The survey also revealed a generally high level of interest in American history among district teachers: 33% report reading six or more history-themed books on their own time each year. The Fulton County March (FCM) Project will increase teachers' knowledge of history and improve their approach to presenting this vital subject to district students. The project will focus on fifteen "moments" in American history that represent a broad range of situations where the essential principles of the Civil Rights Movement were put to the test: freedom, equality, and justice. These "Moments" will be the ideas, laws, landmark Supreme Court cases, important documents, and eras and incidents that impacted civil rights in our nation's past.

Last Modified: 08/13/2008